Careers Education

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We aim to provide our students with expert and professional information, advice and guidance (IAG), combined with informal IAG, by sharing in the real life success, knowledge and experiences of others, through our innovative partnership events and activities.


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Bedford High School achieved the Inspiring IAG Gold Award and we follow their Code of Practice and other national guidance to ensure that our students are informed and inspired to make important decisions about their future.

We buy-in the services of Aspiring Futures to provide 1:1 careers interviews with year 11 students and independent careers IAG, through delivering and attending workshops and events in school for other year groups.  We have a clear Careers Referral System which is promoted to students and parents at information evenings.

Careers Events and Activities

We pride ourselves on providing our students with opportunities to apply their learning and knowledge to the world of work and their future career aspirations and we are delighted to have been shortlisted for The Skills for Business Award for two consecutive years. Students are provided with a Work Related Learning (WRL) Log in their School Planner to record all CEIAG activity. We provide a wide range of talks, events and activities in and outside of school involving leading business leaders, such as Andy Burnham MP, KPMG through our Business Class Programme and local employers, Intrinsic and Waterfield’s Bakery, Speakers4Schools and Feed Your Future Business Lunch with Students.

We provide student leadership development opportunities and training, which include: KPMG Leadership Training for Head Boy, Head Girl and Deputies, Enterprise Media Team students working with our school partner, Media-City based North Star Digital, Junior Leadership Team, School Buddies, School Ambassadors, Sports Leaders, Science Leaders etc.

All students and parents have access to an annual Careers Fair which is supported by education/training providers, local and national businesses and Bedford alumni. This year’s event will be held on Thursday, 15th February in U Block Hall from 1.45-4pm.  Please contact Mrs P Birchall, Community & Work Related Learning Coordinator if you can support this event.

Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance – Student Entitlement

Year 7:

  • A Careers introduction involving a visit to The Careers resource area
  • Review and target setting time allocated to each term.
  • A minimum of 3 dedicated 1 hour Careers activities
  • Access to IAG during drop-in sessions

Year 8:

  • Review and target setting time allocated to each term.
  • A minimum of 4 dedicated 1 hour Careers activities
  • Access to IAG during drop-in sessions
  • An interview session with a member of SLT regarding option choices.
  • WRL enrichment activities– including access to a careers fair

Year 9:

  • Review and target setting time allocated to each term.
  • A minimum of 5 dedicated 1 hour Careers activities
  • Access to IAG during drop-in sessions
  • An interview session with a member of SLT regarding option choices.
  • WRL enrichment activities– including access to a careers fair and WRL visits/projects
  • At least one group session with a Careers Advisor.

Year 10:

  • Review and target setting time allocated to each term.
  • A minimum of 6 dedicated 1 hour Careers activities
  • Access to IAG during drop-in sessions
  • WRL enrichment activities – including access to a careers fair, business lunches and post-16 visits
  • At least one interview/group session with a Careers Advisor.
  • Careers advisors/post-16 providers to attend all parents events.

Year 11:

  • Review and target setting time allocated to each term.
  • A minimum of 8 dedicated Careers activities covering all aspects of preparation for post-16 and employment.
  • A full selection of presentations on the choices available post 16 – delivered by post-16 providers
  • Access to IAG during drop-in sessions
  • WRL enrichment activities – including access to a careers fair, business lunches, master classes and post-16 visits
  • A parent and student post 16 / Exam preparation evening.
  • Access to UCAS progress and full support using it
  • Access to Start Career Exploration
  • At least one interview session with a Careers Advisor.
  • The option to be mentored by a senior member of staff or business partner

We encourage our students to visit as many College and Apprenticeship Open Events as possible to help them to make an informed decision about their post-16 options.

Careers Exploration and Applications

We are currently trialling a new Careers Exploration Toolkit ‘Start’ and for College Applications, we encourage all students to apply through ‘UCAS Progress’.   Students receive Usernames and Passwords, together with training on both of these online resources and we promote and encourage parents to support their child with careers exploration and applications.

Careers Websites

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The National Apprenticeship Service has the latest news, information and advice to help you find and apply for an apprenticeship vacancy. http://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk

 

The National Careers Service is a free careers advice service for adults and young people aged 13 years and over. Access support by the website link above, telephone: 0800 100 900 or book a free call back through the website if you do not have access to a landline and you have a pay-as-you-go mobile.https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

 

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Play the game to discover jobs that match your personality, interests and skills. https://www.plotr.co.uk/

 

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The UK’s national volunteering database, Do-it.org makes it easy for anyone to volunteer in their community. https://do-it.org